On February 24, 2011 the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound (BGCSPS) will be honoring the Youth of the Year candidates at the second annual Legacy of HOPE dinner. The Youth of the Year Program is the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier youth recognition program and the highest honor a Club member can receive. The title recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community, and Boys & Girls Club, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome. Once a member has been named Youth of the Year for their Branch they will move onto the local competition where they will be graded by judges on things such as poise, life goals, and community involvement. This year the BGCSPS has nominated 8 outstanding Club Youths of the Year, representing each Branch to compete for the 2011 Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound title:
* Kainen Bell, Stadium High School, Al Davies Branch
* Julene Borja, South Kitsap High School, South Kitsap Branch
* Veronica Cubean, Mt. Tahoma High School, Henry T. Schatz Branch
* Jessica Fletcher, Stadium High School, D.A. Gonyea Branch
* India Irons, Lakes High School, Lakewood Branch
* Chesney Pettett, Spanaway Lake High School, South Pierce County Branch
* Nadine Tidwell, North Mason High School, North Mason Branch
* Season Warren, Gig Harbor High School, Cheney Family Branch
After their packets have been reviewed and upon completion of a rigorous round of interviews and speeches, the judges will pick a winner on the 23rd, who will be formally announced before family, supporters, and community leaders at the Legacy of HOPE event the next night on the 24th. Lt. Governor Brad Owen will serve as the master of ceremonies. The evening will also mark the kickoff of the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound’s 2011 BE GREAT For Kids Annual Fund Drive. Brad Owen who is also Founder and President of Strategies of Youth is the honorary chairman for the Fund Drive and will be joined by our distinguished panel of judges for the Youth of the Year competition:
* Dave Colombini, Director, Office of School and Family Support, South Kitsap School District
* Linda Owen, Director, Strategies for Youth
* Lyle Quasim, President, Bates Technical College
* Britt Travis, Director of Enrollment Growth, Molina Healthcare
* Teri Weinberg, Vice President, Regional Director of Stores, Fred Meyer
* Victoria Woodards, Tacoma City Council
* Derek Young, Gig Harbor City Council
The event is designed to showcase each Youth of the Year and allow the top 3 candidates to give their speeches and talk about the impact the Club has had on their lives. From this point the winner will progress to the State level where they will have the opportunity to earn a scholarship and a chance to advance to the Regional level. Regional winners receive a $10,000 scholarship from the Tupperware Foundation and enter the National competition held in Washington DC. The National Youth of the Year recipient receives and additional $15,000 scholarship and is installed by the President of the United States. We hope this years’ Youth of the Year will follow in the footsteps of 2009 Youth of the Year Christney Kpodo, who went on to win the State and Pacific Region titles, giving her the opportunity to met President Obama in Washington D.C. at the national competition. Christney, currently a sophomore at PLU is living proof that the Boys & Girls Clubs truly takes kids from the Club House to the White House.
Each candidate represents the true meaning of what the Clubs stand for and how they ultimately have positive and lasting affects on the lives of those who are involved. It is the perfect opportunity for community members to see first hand the profound effects that this organization is having on the lives of their youth.
On this evening, when we are recognizing service by our Club members, the Stan Naccarato Community Service Award will be presented to Ms. Carolyn McDougal. The history behind this award goes back to 1992 when the organization wanted to do something to recognize the community service of dedicated community volunteers. Inspired by the efforts of one man, the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound created this award and named it after its first recipient, who has spent his life in Pierce County working to make the community a better place to live. Now, in 2011 the honor goes to Ms. Carolyn McDougal, President & CEO of Lindquist Dental Clinic for Children. McDougal has a long list of service and dedication to the families and youth in this community.
* Currently serving at Tacoma #8 Rotary Club President
* Responsible for the direction and leadership of taking what was the Sexual Assault Intervention Program at Mary Bridge Children’s hospital and developing an entire Department, now known as the Child Abuse Intervention Department (CAID)
* Founding and still current Board member of the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Washington
Throughout her professional career, McDougal has made an impact on thousands of children’s lives through her work at Lindquist Dental Clinic for Children, a private not-for-profit dental clinic whose mission is to “provide accessible, compassionate and effective dental care to South Sound children in need.” She spearheaded the development of the ABCD Dental program of Pierce Co. and under her leadership LDCC has grown from a small 5 chair dental clinic serving approximately 2,000 patient visits to now having 4 clinic locations and a Dental Outreach program. In 2010 LDCC provided approximately 22,000 patient visits and with the new expansion LDCC is now poised to provide up to 40,000 patient visits and approximately 4,500 children served through their Dental Outreach program annually.
- The Legacy of HOPE Celebrating our Youth of the Year
- Thursday, February 24, 2011
- 5:30-8:30 pm (5:30 pm Registration & Social, 6:30 pm Dinner & Program)
- Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center (1500 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402)
- Tickets are $45 per person
- Please RSVP by February 15, 2010
For more information on The Legacy of HOPE, Celebrating our Youth of the Year visit www.bgcsps.org/special-events or call 253.502.4600 to RSVP.